Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel said: "Blessed be the name of God from age to age, for wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness; and light dwells with him. To you, O God of my ancestors, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and power, and have revealed to me what we asked of you, for you have revealed to us what the king ordered." Daniel 2:19-23 (NRSV)
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4 (NRSV)
The busy life of Bobbie Smith Bryant, from Kentucky, came to a halt when her right hip began to hurt. By the time hip replacement surgery was scheduled, she was dependent on a walker. She had never had much pain and was astonished at how quickly she became incapacitated. After surgery a hematoma formed under the incision, and healing that should have taken about four weeks was drawn out for several more. On strong pain medications, Bobbie became depressed, certainly not her typical and confident self. I reached out to friends asking for prayers for healing.
One morning a few weeks later, Bobbie awoke from a dream with a sense of peace. She remembered being in darkness but surrounded by hundreds of flickering lights. She felt such a calm and comfort that her sleepy mind began praising God. Then it came to her that the lights represented all those who were praying for her during this difficult time.
As God spoke to Daniel through dreams, God may speak to us in the same way. We may sometimes miss out because the message is not delivered in the way we expect. The closer our relationship to God, sharing time spent talking and listening, the easier it is to hear God - even if God speaks to us in ways other than words.
God does speak in various ways; from a burning bush, to angels, or a prophet, or visions, or in our dreams. If we are listening with our hearts as well as our ears, you may discern God speaking to you. Spend some time listening today and draw nearer to the God who loves you above all else.
Prayer: Healer of all frailities, show us your mercy as we earnestly seek a closer relationship with you, in Jesus' name, amen.